is the grass any bluer...

is the grass any bluer...
on the other side?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sierra Hull Returns to WoodSongs Tomorrow Night! (call 252.8888 for reservations)

WoodSongs Monday April 4th

About ten years ago, I discovered the best thing that ever happened to a Monday night in Lexington, Kentucky: WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. While a few things have changed for the better - the show has grown by leaps and bounds and is now available for viewing on Public Television, for example, the simple recipe of this show is still the same: you don't have to be famous to be on WoodSongs, you just have to be good.

Host Michael Johnathon is the only person I know who could garner the kind of devotion and respect to put together an all-volunteer cast and crew who return week after week to stage an hour of musical conversation with some of the best-known and sometimes under-appreciated musicians from around the world.  All these talented artists, one by one make their way to Lexington, the crossroads of bluegrass and rock, the intersection of personal highways and byways of brilliance, to be featured every Monday night for this worldwide broadcast from the historic Kentucky Theatre!

Tomorrow, a wonderful mandolin player I had the pleasure to see and hear when she was just a young girl when my journey with WoodSongs began in 2001, Sierra Hull will return as an accomplished musician with her own band.   I can't wait to see how she and her music have grown and matured!  



Sierra Hull
Sierra Hull 
first performed on WoodSongs when she only 10 years old and played with her idol Sam Bush. A lot has changed for Sierra since and she has become an artist in her own right. At 15, she recorded her debut album for Rounder Records called Secrets. Three years and a move from her family's home in tiny Byrdstown, Tennessee to Boston's Berklee College of Music later, she's followed her debut with one of the most surefooted transitions into early adulthood put to record on her new CD called Daybreak. Sierra will be performing on WoodSongs with her band Highway 111. sierrahull.com 


Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
are a ragtime blues band and originators of the Riverboat Soul sound. This St. Louis musician and singer's creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing rings true, making him one of the most innovative of all the purists performing American roots music today. It's wonderfully infectious, and all laid down in front of a big swingin' beat. Pokey will have a new vinyl 73 single on Jack White's Third Man Records as well as a new full album out later this year.pokeylafarge.net 


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